Tara Paterson

Tara Paterson, DVM, MSc

Associate Professor

Dr. Tara Paterson has served as Associate Professor in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery since 2012. She joined SGU as a Veterinary Clinician/Instructor in the Department of Clinical Studies in 2003, and became an Assistant Professor in the Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Department in 2008. Dr. Paterson is the faculty advisor for student organizations including: the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the student affiliate chapter of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), Hill’s College Feeding Program, and Zoetis & Merial college programs. She also developed and oversees the SVM Vector Borne Disease program for students, which provides access to preventive wellness medication for their pets and learning opportunities in the field of small animal preventive medicine and vector-borne disease. She is currently the President of the SVM Alumni Association after serving as Vice president from 2010 to 2016.

Dr. Paterson’s research interests include veterinary dermatology, small animal infectious diseases, and clinical parasitology – especially canine demodicosis and canine heartworm disease – with an emphasis on evaluation of therapeutic efficacy. Dr. Paterson has presented on canine generalized demodicosis at the 6th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology (WCVD) in Hong Kong and the 8th WCVD in Bordeaux, France, in 2008 and 2013 respectively. She also presented at the American Heartworm Society 13th Triennial Symposium in Memphis in 2010, and at the 24th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology in Perth in 2013. She has also collaborated with dermatologists around the globe to produce an updated version of the Clinical practice guidelines for canine demodicosis due for publication in late 2017/early 2018.

Dr. Paterson earned her DVM in 2003 and her MSc in Parasitology in 2011 from St. George’s University. She also holds a BScH in biology/psychology from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.